HC Deb 19 July 1864 vol 176 c1709

said, he rose to ask the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Whether his attention has been called to the fact that, in the month of April last, a lunatic named Alexander Eiffe, committed on the usual certificates to the public and private Lunatic Asylum of Lucan, county of Dublin, was forcibly removed by two bailiffs from thence for debt to Kilmainham Gaol, which caused his death within six weeks after his arrest; and whether he will consult with the Law Officers of the Crown as to the desirability of having such a change made in the Law as would prevent, under similar circumstances, a person from being removed from a Lunatic Asylum to a prison?


said, in reply, that as the Lucan Asylum was a private establishment, the Government could not interfere under the circumstances. He would, however, consult with the Law Officers of the Crown, as to whether any steps could be taken on the subject in regard to the future.